Thursday, February 7, 2013

Etiquette and Espionage Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway


Today I'm hugely excited to be a part of the promotional tour for the first book in Gail Carriger's new young adult series, Etiquette and Espionage. Each stop on this tour was given a pair of lessons around which to base their interview questions, with one half of the pair focusing on etiquette and the other, shockingly, on espionage. I jumped at the chance to ask Gail all about household management and hand to hand combat, so I hope you all enjoy the interview!

HOUSEHOLD MANAGEMENT AND HAND TO HAND COMBAT

What’s the most important quality to look for when hiring someone for a position within the home?

Smooth running on all rails, a good set of basic protocols, a well-polished exterior, and gears in excellent working order. Oh, did you mean human staff?

Someone has just arrived at the front door completely unannounced and uninvited. What’s the proper response to such a situation?

Send out the butler to make it clear at you are Not At Home to callers.

When facing a larger opponent in hand to hand combat, what’s one thing a person of smaller stature should never do?

Direct attack. Diversion is always a superior approach.

Is there one part of our bodies that most people don’t know makes a great weapon?

The tongue is all too often underestimated.

If you were sent to finishing school, what’s the name of one class at which you would excel?

Tea Parties, Tarts, and Tarting it up for all occasions.

Thanks so much for sharing Gail! More finishing school lessons and information on Gail can be found here:

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ADDITIONAL ETIQUETTE AND ESPIONAGE GOODIES


•     Check out the Official Finishing School Tumblr! Find all sorts of fun and unique content for this new series including school supplies, eCards and more! And just look at that face. Don't you want to meet him?


•     Live at the Lounge - Gail is doing an author video chat with fans on February 12, 2013. Fans are encouraged to RSVP, sign-in and join the conversation on the day. Gail will be wearing a tea hat and encouraging fans to come with their very best millinery… and there may even be tea served. It's a unique chance for fans to interact with Gail and ask questions face-to-face! Get all the details HERE.

ETIQUETTE AND ESPIONAGE


It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to Finishing School.

Sophronia Temminnick at 14 is a great trial more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper manners -- and the family can only hope that company never sees her atrocious curtsy. Her poor mother, desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady, enrolls the lively tomboy in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But young ladies learn to finish...everything. Certainly, they learn the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but they also learn to deal out death, diversion, and espionage -- in the politest possible ways, of course. Sophronia and her friends are in for a rousing first year's education.




GIVEAWAY
Thanks to Gail an the fabulous team at Little, Brown I have an awesome prize pack to give away to one lucky winner today. To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to US residents only, good luck everyone!

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BLOG TOUR
Don't forget to check out the previous and remaining stops on the tour!

2/4: Forever Young Adult
2/5: The Book Rat
2/6: Alice Marvels
2/7: Supernatural Snark 
2/8: Mundie Moms

74 comments:

  1. I'm so excited to read this book...It's also one of my very fave covers that I've seen in a while! Thanks for the giveaway:)

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  2. I love this book! I have like 10 pages left (it's been hard to read today and it's KILLING me!) and my review will go up Friday, but I'm absolutely loving it!
    And I always love Gail's interviews!

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    1. Isn't it fun? I quite enjoyed it, my review goes up tomorrow:)

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  3. *giggles* What a cool idea! Love this tour idea and .. of course your questions are pheneomenal!! Now I know what to do when I ever apply as staff in such a household!! Truly need to work on my attacking and fighting skills!

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    1. I would fail in a fight Danny. I'd kick and claw, but I'd likely not get anywhere:( I have no idea what I'd do with my tongue though - maybe I need to look into that!

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  4. I am getting this one for my bday :D I am so excited

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  5. If I promise to pay real good attention, will you teach me to curtsy and throw a knife? Thank you for the fun post, I am looking forward to reading more.

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    1. I think she needs to teach us all that:)

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  6. Haha, well, I'm reading this now and I'm really enjoying the humor, as well as revisiting the world Carriger created for her Parasol Protectorate books. I really enjoyed those.

    I wouldn't mind having a mechanical right about now. The house is in desperate need of very thorough cleaning.:)
    Fantastic interview, Jenny! I really enjoyed it.

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    1. Sign me up for a mechanical housekeeper too. That would be brilliant! Glad you're enjoying this Maja!

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  7. I want to take the tart class! Sounds like it's right up my alley. And I just started this book last night and it's completely awesome (if I wasn't fighting a sinus infection, which put me in bed at 9pm, I would have stayed up way too late finishing it!).

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    1. YAY! I really liked this one too, it was just a fun read:)

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  8. Is there one part of our bodies that most people don’t know makes a great weapon?

    The tongue is all too often underestimated

    Never has truer words been spoken! Wonderful interview as always :)

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  9. One of the best interviews ever. Freaking LOVED it.

    I don't know why I have been so hesitant to read this one, but now I really, really want to. It sounds so fun and intrigue. And Gail is hysterical. I can only hope her novels are infused with the same humor as her interviews.

    Thanks, Jenny! Definitely plan on grabbing this book!

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    1. Her humor is definitely present and accounted for in her books Hannah, I think you'll like them!

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  10. Sophronia - is that a real name? I had another Sophronia character go by me lately....

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  11. I followed gailcarriger writer (liked) on FB under Stephanie Takes-Desbiens - the widget in the rafflecopter did not function correctly.

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    1. I don't know what's going on with the widget - sorry. All the other entry options seem to be working. I find Rafflecopter frustrating sometimes:(

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  12. Love this interview, Jenny, your questions are so much fun! :-) I have to agree with Gail, the tongue is such an undervalued weapon!

    Don't you just wish you could go to Madame Geraldine's school? I would probably be awful at curtsying like Sophronia, but I would be all over "Tea Parties, Tarts, and Tarting it up for all occasions." :-)

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  13. I haven't read any of Carriger's books, but I really want to. I've read some great reviews for her Parasol Protectorate series. This seems like such a fun read, too! Thanks for sharing this with us, Jenny!

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  14. That was a delightful interview! The cover of this book is so amazing! I will be picking up a copy for sure! Thanks for the tour stop and giveaway!

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  15. I love the interview and this is on my wishlist. Steampunk is a personal favorite of mine and ooh I love the cover!

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  16. When I saw the wolf, I wondered if I had missed something and was now onto SCARLET. Wolf + steampunk + finishing school + tongue as the most underestimated weapon? Hrmm... I actually own the first of her Parasol Protectorate books but haven't read it, and all the rave reviews for this one make me want to read it too. I guess I should also get my gears in order before I start applying for jobs ;)

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  17. LOL, I love Gail's humor. This book looks and sounds awesome. If it's anything like her Parasol Protectorate series, I know I'm going to love it. Waiting for my copy of the book to come in. Awesome interview, Jenny!

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  18. I love this post Jenny, I should definitely need to hire a butler so I can send visitors away whenever they arrive unexpectedly on my doorstep which is all the time! Can you believe it I've never read a book by Gail Carriger before? I think this book sounds like something that I would definitely like!

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  19. I can't wait to read this book! I'm not a big fan of YA but I LOVED the Parasol Protectorate series.

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  20. I love the idea of having a mechanical butler...ah, if only! Great interview. :)

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  21. Omg.Omg Thank you so much for the giveaway.i just can't wait to read it!And the answers are so cute an funny:))Thank you again!>:D<(int 46)

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  22. I love Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate books and can't wait to see what she has to bring with her new series! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. Bhahahaha. Tongues are lethal in physical and verbal action, LOL. Especially during a really bad makeout! This interview is fab, as always, Jenny!!! ;)

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  24. This book sounds so cool, and what a funny and fabulous interview. Thank you for the the giveaway!

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  25. What a fantastically funny post. I must check out this book right away. I loved the bit about the tongue being the most under estimated weapon. I am very curious to know more, and yes please can the wolf take me to school. Thanks for the chance to win... I need a lucky win fingers crossed!

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  26. I'm excited for this book! I love Gail Carriger's writing, and a finishing school teaching espionage sounds like great fun!

    ~Ailsa

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  27. The tongue? Hm... curiouser and curiouser... :D

    Loved this book. Also would love a ride with that wolf. Can't resist one with a top hat. :D

    Good luck to everyone entering! It's a sweet book!

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  28. I loved this interview! I already have this book since I pre-ordered it and can't wait to read it soon! :)

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  29. I really loved the Parasol Protectorate books, so I'm excited to read this new series. I've had Etiquette and Espionage on my wish list since I first saw it mentioned on the web.

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  30. Gail is SO witty in her books. I just love it. I truly get a sense of the world too. This is definitely on my wishlist.

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  31. I'm excited for this book! This will be her first book that I'll get to read. My kind of finishing school. :D

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  32. Loved her other books! I can't wait to read this one...been keeping an eye on it since I heard it was coming out. :)

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  33. Great Interview! It's one of those interviews that makes me smile at how inventive some authors are!

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  34. Thanks for the giveaway! That cover is EPIC.

    mestith@gmail.com

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  35. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway! This book is so intriguing to me.

    uilani25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  36. This is a nice twist on the historical novel and a great way to get the new gen interested in history (an active and adventurous group w/ strong leads/ladies). Great Idea!
    Good luck with the release & thanks for the giveaway!

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  37. I'm laughing so hard right now!! HAHAHAA I LOVE THIS POST!<3 I'm definitely more eager to read the book now!!

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  38. This is so awesome!!

    Lovely interview!!:)

    Thank you:)

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  39. Thanks for the lovely interview and giveaway! I loved!!! Gail's other series and I can't believe that I missed this one :) Gotta go check these out!

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  40. I just saw your review for this and it sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for the giveaway :)

    -Jessica (Peace Love Books)

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  41. I love the cover and I just read the review, I can't wait to read Etiquette and Espionage.

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  42. OMG! The tongue does have power!!! Read this book recently and really like it.

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  43. The cover alone makes me want to read it.

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  44. That was very funny, Jenny! I can see you liking this with all the snark.

    Heather

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  45. I love Gail's sense of humor and am sooooo excited for this :D

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  46. Thanks for the giveaway. I really want to read this book. Sounds really good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  47. The book sounds great! I've seen it all over and read some great reviews on it. The cover is beautiful!! Also I love reading interviews it helps us to get to know the author a little bit more. Thank you so much for a chance to win your giveaway!!

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  48. I am excited about this series, I love steampunk!

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  49. I am so excited! Steampunk is my favorite

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  50. LOVE LOVE LOVE the name of your blog! We are reading Etiquette & Espionage for our YA bookclub selection for March! :-)

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  51. Sounds like an interesting series.

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  52. Lol, love the name of this class: "Tea Parties, Tarts, and Tarting it up for all occasions"!

    Oh, and I just noticed you've changed your blog design, Jenny! It's kind of weird to not see the old look but I really love the new one.

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  53. I am so excited to read this, it sounds amazing!!!!

    Jolene A

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  54. Thanks for the chance to win!
    Froggy
    froggarita@gmail.com

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  55. I loved the P.P. series and I can't wait to start this one!

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  56. Fun interview, as always! That poster with the wolf is really creepy. I wonder how he fits in to the story? I guess I'll have to read it to find out =) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  57. I love the Parasol Protectorate series! Can't wait to read this one!

    Thanks,
    Leanne

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  58. As always, exceptional interviewing, Jenny!! Gail sounds like such fun! My favorite answer is absolutely her response to your question about which part of the body is a dangerous weapon most people don't know about :) I have the first book in her other series, Soulless, but STILL haven't had a chance to read it and start the series! Maybe I'll just start with this one and progress up to the adult books. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  59. I loved the Parasol Protectorate series, and can't wait to read Etiquette & Espionage!

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  60. Thanks! I love Gail Carriger, I can't wait to read this one!

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  61. Yay, I received my copy of E&E today! Again, thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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